Funding Stories in Sound

The Brooke Forbes Legacy Fund supports the training of students to tell their stories in sound. Brooke Forbes was a CBC radio producer who shared her joy of making radio with young people. We created this fund to continue her work. Starting in 2021, the Fund resides at Carleton University where it supports internships for racialized students in Journalism and Communication.

Current Recipient

Kari Ward (seated with CBC host Shiral Tobin) while on a Brooke Forbes Internship at CBC Radio did a moving "talk-tape" on her Metis identity.

The 2019-2020 recipient is the Youth Keep Working program run by Agora Employment Essentials in Abbotsford, B.C.  Young people between 15 and 30 spend 16 weeks learning about themselves and where they want to fit in the world of work.  They receive five workshops in story telling, culminating in a broadcast at CIVL Radio. Listen to this essay done by Katrina Duran about her challenging experience at the hospital.

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Jimmy Esteras and two other young people from a nearby social housing development learned how to make radio at the Ray-Cam Community Centre in Vancouver.  More important than learning audio production, the project producer told us “they learned the value of sticking to a process and following through in order to complete an important task; how critical thinking skills are important to any creative process and the value of support for one another."

“The CBC Radio Summer Camp helped me to learn about the broad range of opportunities that existed behind-the-scenes in radio. I remember Brooke being very nurturing. She shared so much knowledge, which really helped me learn about the process of storytelling and production. I was fortunate to go on to a fulfilling career in management with Canada's first Black-owned radio station (FLOW 93.5).”

Aisha Wickham, Currently Program Consultant 

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